Complete drafting set in shagreen case by R. Bakewell, circa 1800

Complete drafting set in shagreen case by R. Bakewell, circa 1800


Brass-mounted shagreen case with complete set of drawing instruments by Richard Bakewell, circa 1800



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UK and Ireland

Category: Drawing Instruments


A very fine and complete set of shagreen-cased antique drawing instruments signed *R. Bakewell Maker*. The case interior is lined in red velvet, the exterior fitted with brass molding and escutcheon plate. Complete with 12 instruments including signed sector and scale rule, ebony and brass parallel rule, engraved brass protractor, ruling pen, bow compass, and large and small dividers with all original attachments (dotting wheel, ink pen, and lead holder). A very fine and original brass-mounted pencil is also included. The large dividers, pen, bow compass and ink attachment all include fine butterfly thumbscrews.

Richard Bakewell (active 1797 to 1826) traded at Loveday Street, Birmingham. According to his trade card he was “manufacturer of mathematical instruments, brass compasses, brass and plated collars, surveyors measuring tapes, etc.”

Similar sets by Bakewell are found in the Oxford Museum of History & Science and the Science Museum Group:

A fine example in exceptionally original and complete condition. Sources: Clifton p. 15, Webster Signature Database.






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